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-- Start Date: 11-October-2016, in Shanghai
-- End Date: 1-November-2016, in Beijing

Trip #4 Welcome to China!, Beijing
Trip #3 Kung Fu Hacking: Hackers In Residence Kickoff event at Tsinghua University, Beijing
Trip #2 Visit to Petrochemical Univeristy, Beijing
Trip #1 Jingshan Park, Beijing
Trip #1 Visit to injection molding factory, Shanghai

Previous Hacker Trips To China

This will be the 6th Noisebridge Hacker Trip To China.
In previous years' Hacker Trip To China, we've visited cities that currently have a hackerspace, and visited my manufacturer, Seeed Studio, and other manufacturers. We also visited Tsinghua University, considered the most prestigious university in China, and other schools -- all of which have now starting hackerspaces. China is now exploding with hackerspaces! We also went to the International Exhibition of Inventions Kunshan (IEIK 2014), near Shanghai. And everywhere we went, we were shown around by local geeks, to see what they thought was interesting where they live. Also, wherever we went, those of us interested gave talks, presentations, workshops, and demos.
You can see info on the Noisebridge China Trip 1, that happened in 2009,
Noisebridge China Trip 2, that happened in 2011,
Noisebridge China Trip 3, that happened in 2013,
Noisebridge China Trip 4, that happened in 2014,
Noisebridge China Trip 5, that happened in 2015,
-- Mitch.

This year's Hacker Trip To China

When: 11-October-2016 (Shanghai) through 1-November-2016 (Beijing).

Flight, transportation, and hotel Info: We were each be on our own to book our own air fare to meet in Shanghai on 11-October, and fly home from Beijing on 1-November (or from wherever and whenever you decide to fly home from).

I'll organized the itinerary and the hotels and other transport. I'll pay in advance for some of this, and you can pay me back.

Where: In each of the cities we will go to, we'll visit some of their local hackerspace(s), and will be shown around by local geeks to see what interested them where they live. We'll also have plenty of time to do "normal" (and spectacular) tourist things too!

Here's some possible places we might visit, leaving plenty of room for the serendipity that makes our Hacker Trip To China truly unique and memorable:

  • We'll start our trip by meeting in Shanghai on 11-October-2016. We'll visit my manufacturer (Etonnet) that I have used for TV-B-Gone remote controls and NeuroDreamer sleep masks, where we will all get to see how products are made, from start to finish, learning how manufacturing works. We will also visit XinCheJian hackerspace in Shanghai. We have been invited to the Shanghai Maker Carnival, where we can all show off our projects and give workshops (if you like). We can also visit companies started by hardware hacker geeks, such as DFRobot. We can also visit the Shanghai electronics mall (a smaller version of the famous electronics mall we will later visit in Shenzhen).
  • We'll go from Shanghai to Hong Kong and visit Dim Sum Labs hackerspace. We'll also see lots of other cool stuff in Hong Kong.
  • Then we go across the border to mainland China again, to Shenzhen to visit Chaihuo Makerspace, SZDIY hackerspace, and a few other new hackerspaces, some of which are real, and hundreds of which are brand new (this year) over-the-top bizarre government-started places where they want to create "the next Apple" (we won't visit them all!). We have been invited to the Maker Faire Shenzhen, where we can all show off our projects and give workshops (if you like). We'll also visit Seeed Studio - the open source hardware company - to meet the cool folks there and to see their manufacturing facilities. We'll meet with the founders of Dangerous Prototypes - another open source hardware company. We'll also visit other manufacturers, to see where all the things we use in our daily lives come from. Of course, we'll also visit the famous (and totally awesome!) Huaqiangbei electronics market in Shenzhen.
  • We'll then make our way to Beijing where we'll visit the Beijing Makerspace hackerspace. We'll also visit Tsinghua University, where they built the world's largest hackerspace last year, and where I've been hacker in residence. Beijing has lots and lots of way cool stuff to visit and be a part of.

For most of us, our trip will end here in Beijing as many people on our trip will fly home from Beijing on 1-November-2016.

I will be in Beijing, as hacker in residence at Tsinghua University from 31-August through 10-October. Everyone is welcome to join me in Beijing for any or all of this residency. (And, of course, are everyone is free to arrive and leave whenever you like.)
I fly home from Shanghai on 2-November.

Cost: For the fifth Noisebridge China trip, I paid $2,222 total (for 4 weeks), including air fare from SF and food and everything -- including all the electronics stuff that I bought.
Part of this year's trip may be paid for by Tsinghua University.

#hashtag: #httc2016      (Hacker Trip To China 2016)

Possible itinerary outline for Hacker Trip to China 6

Everyone is welcome to join me while I am hacker in residence at Tsinghua University from 31-August through 10-October.

10-October-2016 -- Leave home for Shanghai (arrive in Shanghai on 11-October)
11-October-2016 -- Meet in Shanghai (hotel TBD)
11-October to 17-October -- Shanghai
15-16-Oct: [ Shanghai Maker Carnival]
17-October to 19-October -- Hong Kong
19-October to 24-October -- Shenzhen
21-23-Oct: Maker Faire Shenzhen
24-October to 1-November -- Beijing 
1-November-2016 -- fly home (arrive NA or EU on same day)

Photos from Hacker Trip to China #5

Mitch's photos from Hong Kong, Oct-2015
Mitch's photos from Shenzhen, Oct-2015
Mitch's photos from Shanghai, Oct-2015
Mitch's photos from Beijing, Oct-2015
Mitch's photos from YiWu & Hangzhou, Oct-2015
Mitch's photos from Beijing Set 2, Oct-2015
Mitch's photos from Shanghai & Suzhou, Oct-2015

Mitch's photos all in one place

Dave's photos

Blake's photos:

Torrey's photos from Hong Kong
Torrey's photos from Shenzhen
Torrey's photos from Beijing
Torrey's photos from Shanghai

Photos from Hacker Trip to China #4

Mitch's photos from Beijing, Nov-2014
Mitch's photos from Shanghai, Nov-2014
Mitch's photos from Shenzhen, Nov-2014
Mitch's photos from Kunshan, Nov-2014
Mitch's photos from Shanghai (2), Nov-2014
Mitch's photos from Beijing (2), Nov-2014
Mitch's photos from Tianjin, Nov-2014
Mitch's photos from Beijing (3), Nov-2014
Mitch's photos from Singapore, Dec-2014

You will Need a Chinese Visa!!

To go to China, you needed to get a visa!

Everyone should get a multiple-entry Tourist L visa (if you only get a single-entry visa, you won't be able to go to Hong Kong).

  • And to get a visa, you need to have a passport that is valid at least 12 months after you planned to fly away from China (so, e.g., if you are leaving China on 1-November-2016, then your passport needs to be valid through 31-October-2017). Your passport must also have at least one entirely blank page.
  • You also need:
    • a printout of a filled-out Visa Application Form V. 2013 of the People's Republic of China (after we have everything we need I'll email you my filled out form as an example to follow).
    • a copy of the information pages of your passport.
    • a copy of your most Chinese visa (if you have been to China before).
    • one 2"x2" recent color photo (not a printout).
    • a screenshot or printout of hotel reservation confirmation (I'll email this to you when I have this).
    • a copy of your airline tickets (both to and from China).
  • For US citizens, the visa cost $140 (much cheaper for other nationalities). Starting this year, you can get a multiple-entry visa, good for 10 years. We should all apply for a Tourist L visa.

You can pay the fee by Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check or Company Check. Cash or Personal checks are not acceptable.

To get a visa, you can go to your local Chinese consulate. No appointment is required. You go in one day, and it will be ready for pick up 4 business days later. My experience is that it takes about an hour the first day, and takes only a few minutes to pick up the visa a few days later. (2 to 3 business-day and 1 business day/same-day express service is available for $20 or $30.)

NOTE: The Chinese consulates are all closed for holidays on: 2-May, 30-May, 4-July, 29-July, 5-September, 3-October, and other dates:
2016 Chinese Consulate Holiday Schedule

(Citizens of US and Europe do not need a separate visa for Hong Kong.)

Previous Noisebridge China Trips

If you're curious about the previous Noisebridge China Trips, they have their own wiki pages:
Noisebridge China Trip 1
          That first Noisebridge China Trip was inspired by Bunny Huang's "geek tour".

Noisebridge China Trip 2

Hacker Trip to China 3
Hacker Trip to China 4
Hacker Trip to China 5

-- Mitch.

People interested in going on the Hacker Trip to China #6, 2016:

Below is a list of people interested in going on this year's Hacker Trip To China.

You do not need to be a member of Noisebridge to go on this trip!

Please email me if you have any questions, or if you would like to meet up with us on the trip:
mitch *AT* CornfieldElectronics *DOT* com

The trip is limited to 20 people total (including Mitch)
-- the first 19 people (after Mitch) who are either there already, or who bought tickets to meet in Shanghai on or before 11-October-2016 are the people who are in this Trip
       (which probably means flying away from home on or before 10-October)

Note: Many people have gotten good deals on their plane fares (including me) with the help of my friend Vlad at:
Feel free to email me, and I'll send your email to Vlad, who will be happy to help you with your flights.

Name Purchased flight? Flight info
1 Mitch Altman Yes Arrive: 31-August-2016, 6:20am, on Azerbaijan Airlines J2 67 from GYD to Beijing (PEK)
2 Paul Strohmeier Yes Arrive: Arriving in Shanghai 10th of October, 10:10am with Aeroflot flight SU-208
3 Gene Brock No Arrive: your flight arrival info here
4 Jacob Rosenthal No Arrive: your flight arrival info here
5 Pitanga No Arrive: GRU-HKG
6 Rebecca Wee Yes Arrive: Shanghai 10/11 arriving via Shanghai Airlines at 7:05pm - 10/17 departing at 1am Air Asia ; Beijing 10/24 arriving via Shanghai Airlines 9103 at 3:55pm - 11/2
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Diane moaned with ecstasy as Terry and Kevin worked her long, firm nipples like levers, sliding her boulder-like boobs up and down the unbelievable length of Mahmout's shaft. The work was made harder by the fact that Mahmout's cock had begun to brush up against he ceiling, forcing them to work at an angle, rather than straight up and down. Mahmout's cock continued to expand, massive veins bulged across the surface like snakes, winding their way up the gleaming tower of flesh. "Holy shit! How much bigger is that thing gonna get?" asked Kevin, his jaw slack at the sight of the towering cock. "Fuck if I know," grunted Terry, sweating with the effort of pumping Diane's gigantic tit. Mahmout didn't seem to mind the massive new developments in his cock, he seemed to have finally lost himself in the pleasure of the world's biggest titfuck. Diane, meanwhile, was more than enjoying herself. The combined thrill of Terry and Kevin stroking her colossal nipples and the growing warmth in her crotch was driving her insane with pleasure. "Yes! Oh yessss!" she moaned, fondling the growing bulge in her own pants. She'd never gotten around to wiping the cream off her gloves, by now her clit had received a double dose of the supercharged cream. The once tiny nubbin of flesh had expanded into a full blown sausage, and it was only a matter of time before she gave into the temptation to just whip it out and start jerking off like a dude. Her pussy, too, had puffed up to nearly twice its size and her swollen labia were putting a pleasurable pressure on her throbbing clit-on. Mahmout began to groan and his yoga-ball sized nuts began to contract, hugging his shaft like a pair of bears snuggling up against an oak tree. "I think he's getting close," panted Terry, watching Mahmout's eyes as they rolled back in his head. Kevin nodded and the pair began to stroke faster, driving Mahmout inexorably toward climax. Diane purred hungrily as she felt Mahmout's shaft grow hot and bulge in anticipation of orgasm. She reached up and grasped the trunk of his shaft, pulling it down with all her weight and inching backwards until the gargantuan cockhead was right in her face. "What the hell are you doing?" grunted Kevin. "This angle is really difficult." "Just keep it up a little longer," Diane instructed. "He's close, I can feel it..." She gazed into Mahmout's gaping cumslit. It was like looking down the barrel of an artillery piece. Mahmout moaned again and his balls tightened further. "Oh yeah, cum for me, baby," Diane licked her lips, gripping Mahmout's cockhead firmly behind the flared edges of the broad mushroom and opening her mouth wide. "Don't tell me you're gonna try and swallow that load?" asked Kevin, his eyes bugging in disbelief. "There's no way you could take it all!" "I dunno, man," said Terry, "she did chug like, two gallons of protein shake without taking a breath. I think she might be able to handle this." "There's no way I'm gonna pussy out on taking the world's largest cumshot," said Diane. Mahmout grunted and his abs tightened as a visible bulge began to climb the twelve and a half foot pillar of his cock. "Here we go!" Diane grinned and plunged her face into Mahmout's cockhead. His cumslit was actually larger than her mouth, so she stuck her whole face in and opened wide...

This is the part where Diane almost died.

Mahmout let out a terrific howl of pleasure and let loose with a blast of jizz that, for a moment, looked like an explosion of white. Cum flooded into Diane's mouth, filling her cheeks and spraying out her nose. Her years of experience in sucking cock were the only thing that saved her; if she'd hesitated to swallow for only a split second, three gallons of spunk would have flooded into her lungs instead of her stomach. The pressure was enough to knock her off her feet, she hit the wall behind her with enough force to crack the drywall, held momentarily in midair by a stream of jizz that would have shamed a fire hose. Terry and Kevin, still gripping Diane's now eighteen inch nipples, were yanked off balance and flung to the ground as the wet splatter of semen cascaded off the wall and pattered all over them in heavy globs. Trapped beneath the incredible weight of her tits, Diane flailed helplessly in a lake of cum, her entire body frosted in white goo. She still couldn't breathe and her efforts to call for help only produced sticky bubbles in the inch lick layer of jizz that covered her head. Terry was the first to realize what was happening and rushed to help, scraping the jizz off Diane's face in wet handfuls and flicking it to the ground. He was coated in semen up to his knees and he could feel it squishing in his socks as he sloshed around to help Diane to a sitting position. Diane drew a gasping breath and lifted her hand to her nose, clamping down on one nostril and blowing a thick rope of jizz out the other. "Holy. Living. Fuck!" exclaimed Kevin, lifting himself off the ground and stepping away from the expanding puddle of jizz. "That was-" "The most awesome thing I've ever experienced!" shouted Diane, raising her fists over her head in triumph. Mahmout lay on his back twelve feet away, moaning softly in his own private world as his still-firm cock pumped out the dregs of his orgasm in footlong ropes. "Dudes, help me up!" Diane ordered, "There's jizz going to waste!" Terry and Kevin hesitated for a moment, then shrugged and hoisted Diane up by her armpits, rolling her forward on her gargantuan tits until she could latch onto Mahmout's still-pulsing cockhead. Now that the flow of Mahmout's cum was more like a garden hose than a firehose, Diane drank from it easily, guzzling down the hot liquid with enthusiasm. "Where does she put it all?" asked Kevin. "Isn't it obvious?" Terry nudged one of Diane's boobs with his foot. Diane's stomach didn't remain bloated for long. Her tits were still growing and their overcharged metabolism made swift use of Mahmout's load. For several minutes, it seemed like Mahmout were pumping directly into Diane's hefty gazongas. With every gulp, her boobs swelled a little larger and her nipples puffed out a little further. Before long, her erect teats were the size of traffic cones, jutting from a pair of breasts that were each as large as she was. "Oh man!" sighed Diane, scooping the last of Mahmout's cum out of his slit with her finger and licking it off like cake frosting. "So, did this thing get any smaller?" asked Terry, looking over the fleshy yards of Mahmout's monster dick. "It looks smaller, but that might just be because it's starting to get soft," observed Kevin. Diane nodded. "We'll give him time to built up another load, then go again," she said. Kevin raised a hand. "Can we like, give him an hour or something? I'm fucking exhausted." "Yeah, and I'd kind of like to take a shower," added Terry, gesturing to the slick coat of cum that covered most of his lower body. "Whatever," Diane shrugged, sending a small cascade of spunk rolling off her soulders where it merged with the goopy puddle that covered most of the floor. "Just remember we've gotta do this like, five more times before he'll be small enough to walk. If you take long breaks in between, we'll be at this all day." "Yeah, I'm sure you'd hate that," Terry rolled his eyes. Diane made a kissy face at him and leaned forward on her boobs, luxuriating in their bouncy softness. She felt another stir in her loins and remembered she had plenty to keep herself occupied while she waited for Mahmout's gargantuan balls to churn up a new load of hot cum. Her boobs weren't the only thing that had taken advantage of Mahmout's load to fuel their growth. Her sausage-like clit was swiftly expanding into a full blown bratwurst. She wondered it Terry would be jealous if she got bigger than him. With that thought in mind, she waited for Terry and Kevin to leave before snagging the bottle of cream. She had to scoop it off the bed with Mahmout's lacrosse stick, as she couldn't reach that far. A couple of pumps filled her gloved hand with a satisfying mound of the precious growth cream and she began to massage it vigorously into her hungry clit...